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June Is Audiobook Month #JIAM @audiobookSYNC

Get Caught Listening

To celebrate Audiobook Month, I’m listening to three audiobooks at the same time. (I’m listening to each one at different times, but all at the same time, too, if you know what I mean.)

Red Hook RoadUsually two at a time is my maximum for audiobooks, but I’m listening to Red Hook Road (Midwest Tape, 2010) written by Ayelet Waldman, narrated by Kimberly Farr, on CDs borrowed from the library, because I couldn’t get the audio download through OverDrive or Axis360 from any of my public library sources.

sin-eaters-daughter-101262-sync2016-2000x2000Then, when my Axis360 app wouldn’t work and I couldn’t finish listening to The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, narrated by Mia Barron the other day, I downloaded a SYNC free audiobook to listen to: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, narrated by Amy Shiels.

Since listening on CD means I can’t listen to Red Hook Road except at home and The Sin Eater’s Daughter is good so far, but not gripping, I decided to start Armada by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton, once I finished The Nest (which I really liked, by the way). I’ve been noticing a few reviewers have said they didn’t fall in love with Armada the way they did with Ready Player One, so I wanted to get to it before I ran across any spoilers.

ArmadaI haven’t gotten too far into Armada, but I like it! So far there’s really no love story going on, it’s all Space Invader-style video game and scifi movies, but Wil Wheaton’s narration is great and I’m enjoying the voice of the main character.

SYNC from AudioFile

What I really wanted to mention with this post, though, was the weekly free audiobook downloads that are offered by AudioFile through the annual SYNC program, where you can download two audiobook titles a week: a YA novel paired with either a classic novel or multi-voice production of a play.

The selection changes each Thursday at 7 am. EDT, so bookmark to check selection weekly, or to sign up to receive weekly email or text reminders.

sync-poster-no-dates-2016-finalIf you have the OverDrive app on your phone or mp3 player already, all you need to do is add SYNC as a library and you can easily download the weekly selections. (They do take up room on your phone, though, so you might want to download them on a computer if you’re not going to listen right away.) There is no loan period; the audiobook files are yours to keep!

5 thoughts on “June Is Audiobook Month #JIAM @audiobookSYNC”

  1. I left a longish comment here which seems to have been eaten up, but I just said how audio books are harder for me to grasp than when Inread them with my eyes. However, I enjoy listening when on my way to work, and maybe that would be the perfect way to read The Nest which is everywhere!

  2. I get so few comments, too! I hate the thought of your longish one getting eaten up. Sorry about that! Thank you for persevering! The Nest was very good on audio. For ease of listening or for people trying to get used to audiobooks, I recommend memoirs or first-person fiction, because it feels as though the narrator is just talking to you!

  3. I love audiobooks. It’s a great way to supplement your reading when you just can’t sit down long enough to get through that to-read pile. A completely different experience too. The solitude and introspection of reading, sitting still for an hour or more is almost meditative in its benefits. Audiobooks are wonderful for filling in those other moments when you’re doing something that would otherwise be a mindless task, like laundry or washing dishes or family dinners (just kidding). It actually makes you look forward to cleaning the house and picking up people from airports.

    Thanks for bringing Audiofile to my attention. Great to have another source for a good book.

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